Stephen D. Fantone

For the last thirty years, Stephen D. Fantone, founder, has been President of Optikos Corporation, headquartered in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Dr. Fantone attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received bachelor’s degrees in both electrical engineering and management.  In 1979 he was awarded a Ph.D. degree in Optics from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. He began his career with Polaroid Corporation and later went on to found Optikos.

Dr. Fantone is a Senior Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT, serves on the boards of Zygo Corporation, Rofin-Sinar Technologies, Inc., the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, the Hertz Foundation and the Optical Society (OSA). Dr. Fantone is a recognized expert in optical engineering and optical product development, has served on numerous program review panels, has provided expert testimony on patent infringement and trade secret litigation cases, and has been awarded over 65 patents covering a broad range of optical technologies

An OSA member since 1973, Fantone has been serving as a volunteer in many different capacities since 1983.  He was elected a Fellow Member in 1985 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award in 2007.

Since 1996, Fantone has served as Treasurer of the Optical Society and as member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. He has chaired the Finance Committee, the Audit Committee, the Investment Subcommittee, the Key Results Oversight Committee, the CEO compensation committee, plus several Ad Hoc Committees.  He has served as Treasurer of the OSA Foundation since 2002 and is an active donor as well as member of the Optics Trust.  He has served in key roles across the society, including the former Engineering Council, Land Medal Committee, Nominating Committee, Applied Optics and International Optical Design Conference Program Committees.